How to Become a Virtual Assistant and Make $3,000+ a Month
Whether you’re looking to start a new career, earn extra money each month, or build your resume, you can do it from the comfort of your own home. While there are plenty of ways to earn cash quickly from your home, there are also ways to establish a full-blow full time career. One particular role that is growing in demand and popularity is the “Virtual Assistant”. This article will explore what the heck a virtual assistant is, how to become a virtual assistant, and how being a virtual assistant can earn you a salary of over $3,000 a month. Ready? Let’s get started! Thanks in large part to the prevalence of quality Internet connections, the number of people working from home (telecommuting) is on the rise. In fact, according to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com, the number of employees working multiple days from home grew nearly 80% between 2005 and 2012. What’s even more startling, is that that number does not include those that are self-employed.
Before you can properly figure out how to become a virtual assistant, you should understand what exactly a virtual assistant is… and unfortunately, that isn’t the easiest question to answer because virtual assistants can do a slew of various tasks. Here are 20 tasks a virtual assistant may do, and keep in mind, this is just a small sample!
- Data Entry
- Social Media Management (ex. posting on Facebook)
- Copywriting (ex. blog posts)
- Editing (ex. copy, video, or audio)
- Customer Service or Support (ex. answering emails or tickets)
- Scheduling (ex. managing your calendar and setting up appointments)
- Website Maintenance
- Graphic Design
- Website Design
- Project Management
- Community Building (ex. commenting on blogs or forums)
- Event Planning
- Data Presentations (creating slideshows or graphics from data)
- Sales (ex. following up with leads or prioritizing leads)
- Travel Arrangements
- Paid Ad Management (ex. AdWords)
So, as you can see, the duties and responsibilities that may fall to a virtual assistant are quite varied. Obviously, not all virtual assistants will offer the same set of services.
Before moving forward with the “how to become a virtual assistant” aspect, it is important to ask yourself:
- Which tasks am I qualified to perform?
- Which tasks do I want to offer?
Note: The answer to each question may be different.
For example, you may have a long and successful background in sales, making you more than qualified to assist someone with that aspect of their business; however, you may not find that task rewarding or you may simply want a change. If that is the case, review your resume, considering all education and experience (paid and unpaid), to find other tasks your qualified to do and that are more to your liking.
On the other hand, if there is a service you really want to offer (ex graphic design) because you think the work would be rewarding and interesting but aren’t qualified for, proceed with caution. Consider taking a class or reading books to gain any necessary education. Returning to the graphic design example, you may want to take a class in how to use Photoshop. You should also consider doing some free or discounted work in order to gain valuable experience and build a portfolio. This doesn’t mean you can’t launch your new career as a virtual assistant, you should just be upfront with clients about your lack of experience and offer other services that you are qualified to do.